This 2019 collection features nine award-winning stories from the 26th annual Scarlet Stiletto Awards.
Over the years the Scarlet Stilettos have had murders in nursing homes and ancient Rome, in ballet schools and swimming pools, in libraries – many, many in libraries – on pirate ships and spaceships, in caves and kitchens and stables and yoga studios and post offices and op shops, in the midst of elections and bushfires and midlife crises.
Murder, the ultimate transgression, happens everywhere and fascinates us all.
In 2019 the judges shortlisted 29 stories – from the 185 entered – and awarded 15 prizes. Somehow, every year, there’s always a recurring theme or two, as if there’s something in the water, or lurking in the suburbs.
This year a lot of stories were set in residential aged care, quite a few had a ghostly theme, and there were some deeply satisfying tales of revenge.